Blending casual with elegance isn’t always easy to do, but Kalie and Jon were able to pull it off perfectly. From the bridal party’s rich jewel tones to the venue’s eclectic mix of rustic and romantic, the couple’s big day at Rainbow Valley Wedding Barn (temporarily closed) is effortlessly chic. Beautifully planned by Carmelina Wang and superbly snapped by the talented Haley Photography, you’ll definitely feel Pin-spired by this one!

Stationery courtesy of Vista Prints

From the bride’s stunning mermaid gown to the surrounding gorgeous greenery, the couple’s romantic photo shoot is the perfect combination of rustic chic and understated glam.

The couple exchanged vows in a breathtaking outdoor ceremony, alongside friends and family.

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Maximizing the natural beauty and rustically chic atmosphere of the venue while incorporating beautiful romantic touches through their décor, the newlyweds’ reception is the picture of sophisticated and sweet. The colour palette consisted of classic neutrals with memorable pops of pink and touches of gold. The barn’s white-washed walls juxtaposed wonderfully with the shimmering chandeliers and lush florals by Euphoria Wedding Designs, while Big Grill Catering made sure no one was left hungry.

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Culinary-Art Pop Up with Toben Food by Design

As a food blogger, I have been a part of many lavish food events and tastings over the years all hosted in an array of beautiful venues from all across the city. From banquet halls, to restaurant lounges, hotels, and outside patios, I thought I’d seen them all, yet last week’s Culinary-Art Pop Up hosted by one of Toronto’s top catering companies – Toben Food by Design – reminded me that I certainly have not!

Toben opened up a one night only pop-up restaurant inside the stunning Thompson Landry Gallery in the heart of the Distillery District. As the chef’s four-course tasting menu & snacks rolled out throughout the course of the evening, guests enjoyed themselves amidst the most exquisite pieces of contemporary artwork, many retailing as much as a new car! With this as its backdrop, you just had to know the food was going to be spectacular! Luckily Olive Photography was able to capture all the wonderful moments and delicious offerings the evening entailed.

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Upon entering the space, each guest was led to their reserved table. Like the start to any good meal, a glass of white or red wine set the perfect tone for the evening. After some time to absorb our surroundings, guests were presented with an array of gourmet snacks to whet our appetites. For starters, we enjoyed Smoked Whitefish Pâté, a Truffled-Thyme Shmaltz Popcorn, Old Skool Deviled Eggs, Duck Confit Samosas, and a hearty Chicken Fried Shrimp Waffle. Personally, I could have eaten ten of those deviled eggs myself – they were so good! The clear favourite at our table though were the Chicken Fried Shrimp served on a Red Quinoa Waffle. You can never go wrong anywhere with Chicken & Waffles. Never!

After our initial round of snacks, for our first course we were served a Fluke Crudo salad. For those unfamiliar, Fluke is a type of East-Coast fish delicate in flavour and texture. Served with rainbow radishes and a nuoc-cham vinaigrette, this dish was particularly refreshing and light, making it a great start to our meal.

Next up, the Meat Lovers Flatbread! The name is no lie because if you’re a huge carnivore like I am, you were in meat heaven with the delicious cuts of house Tamworth Charcuterie Smorgasbord, Fior di Latte, San Marzano Tomatoes, Microbasil and Pickled Chilis. Every ingredient comes together perfectly and floods your mouth with flavour!

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The third course was my personal favourite of the night! The 12-hour braised Lamb Adobo was a serious home run! I am such a soup guy and because this dish was served in a warm and hearty bowl of Crab-Corn “Conji” Bisque, given we still had dessert coming, I caught myself chasing away thoughts of “I want more” and “Can I get seconds?” The dish was the perfect compliment to a brisk fall evening.

Toben Food by Design

Sweet Ending was the name of the fourth and final course of the evening. Beautifully composed and presented, this beautifully vibrant dessert consisted of Beets, Pears, White Chocolate, Ricotta, and a Pistachio ice-cream. The dish and name in itself was the perfect way to sum up the entire evening.

Toben Food by Design

Leaving with full bellies and new friends, this sold-out Culinary-Art Pop Up event was a huge success, exemplified by all the smiles, laughs, and spotless plates left toward the end of the evening. Perfectly planned and executed from first dish to last, for me, the bar is has been raised for future culinary events and tastings! A big BRAVO to the team at Toben – you guys absolutely killed it!

Tiana and Joe’s Elegant Wedding at Graydon Hall Manor

From the lush bold blooms to the intricate vintage details to the regal venue, this wedding packs a pretty beautiful punch. Set at the gorgeous Graydon Hall Manor, Tiana and Joe’s big day is elegant, romantic, intimate, and definitely memorable. Captured perfectly by Oak & Myrrh, we have the photos to prove it!


The venue’s stunning architecture and gorgeous grounds, along with a magical snowfall, made for the perfect backdrop for the couple’s sweet photo session.

From the BrideWe did our first-look photos and then couple photos prior to the ceremony. Just as we finally saw each other for the first time that day, the most beautiful crystal snowflakes began to fall. We decided to bear the cold and head outside with our photographer to capture some photos with the falling snow. It was such a surreal experience (and made for some amazing photos). 

The couple’s intimate ceremony is beautifully accented by chic crimson flowers by Sweet Woodruff and matching red chairs, giving a festive feeling to the day.


The newlyweds’ reception defined elegance. Vaulted ceilings, panelled walls and breathtaking chandeliers made for a stately ambiance. The combination of bold blooms, metallic touches, and the classic decor matched perfectly with the majesty of the room.

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